Top 9 Tattoo Dangers (And How to Avoid Them)

February 09, 2017   487

Here we have explained the common risks after getting a tattoo.

Tattoos look amazing and are the cool fashion statement. This is why 1 out of every 5 American adults has tattoos, meaning that 40% US population has tattoos. In fact, Americans have the highest number of tattoos in the world. This is also means that tattoos have come a long way to become the mainstream fashion from an offensive art.

However, tattoos are not free from several health concerns, if your tattoo artist doesn’t follow the precautions or you have poor aftercare.

According to Mayo Clinic, tattoos can make you prone to medical risks including allergic reactions, skin infections, blood borne diseases, and MRI complications.

American Red Cross has prohibited a tattooed person from blood donation for 12 months, requiring him to get it done from state-regulated and licensed studio, using sterile technique.

Here we will discuss over the common medical risks triggered by unsafe tattoos practices:

HIV and Hepatitis:

This is one of the topmost concerns linked with tattoos. Reusing of the tattoo needles can cause severe diseases like HIV and hepatitis. Therefore, you should choose only reputed and licensed parlors to get tattoos. Make sure the artist use sterilized or new (would be better) for tattooing.

Allergic Reactions:

It is common to get allergic reactions from tattoos. However, it depends on the quality of ink being used for the process. If you are allergic to tattoo ink, you may not know that until the tattooing is over. Many surveys have claimed that red and yellow inks can cause allergic reaction while black, purple and green pigments are somehow safe. Overexposure to sunlight has been cited as the major cause to trigger the infection.


Tattoos scar your skin tissue due to the immune system response to fight foreign substance (pigment). And you end up with bumps or small knots around your tattoo area. Besides, tattoo can aggravate your skin conditions.

Skin Infections:

Tattoos sites are even infected with a sterile needle. This is generally caused in case of contaminated ink or the unhygienic environment. The signs of infections are red rashes, swelling, and pain. You may have infection occurred after 2-3 weeks of tattooing.


Although pain is not a health issue, it makes many people conscious before tattooing. It is due to the needles penetrating the skin. You can use Dr. Numb numbing cream to reduce the pain.

MRI Complications:

Tattooed area can be problematic for you while undergoing MRI tests. These areas can cause swelling or burning as the ink containing iron oxide, which is heated by MRI scanner either by inducing an electrical current or hysteresis.

Skin discoloration

Tattoos can make your skin looks discolored. Even though over a period of times this discoloration goes away but it is never healed completely. Therefore you must keep that thing in your mind.

Issues in Blood Donation:

We have told you that American Red Cross has prohibited a person with fresh tattoo from donating a blood for some months. However, you have to wait as long as 12 months if your tattoo is done by unauthorized tattoo parlor.

Blood thinners

Many people take blood thinner or aspirin before tattooing which can cause some problems. It can cause excessive bleeding through the tiny holes created by the needles. The regimen of blood thinners may affect your healing process.

How to Avoid These Tattoo’s Risks?

It is clear that most of these risks are avoidable as due to artist’s error and your poor aftercare.

Therefore, follow these instructions before and after getting a tattoo:

  • Choose good and experienced artist. Make sure to visit a day prior to appointment to see if he uses sterilized needles or hygienic practices. Ask your friends and check online reviews to find the right one.
  • Avoid swimming, hot water bath and public bathing for a while. However, you can take shower.
  • Follow the instructions given by your tattoo artist.
  • Never booze or take aspirin before tattooing as it may thin the blood
  • Cover your fresh tattoo while stepping out in the sun
  • Keep your tattoo moist by using moisturizer
  • Don’t pick your scabs
  • Use antibacterial soaps to clean your tattoos
  • See your physician if you have a doubt of infection








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